Sotheby’s brings the most expensive photograph of the Fall season to market in its Contemporary Art sales next week in New York, in the form of a print from Andreas Gursky’s Pyongyang series. Like Christie’s, the auction house is offering less aggregate photographic value this season as compared with last spring. Overall, there are a total of 52 lots of photography available across the two sales, with a Total High Estimate of $6942000.
Here’s the statistical breakdown:
|Total Low Lots (high estimate up to and including $10000)||3|
|Total Low Estimate (sum of high estimates of low lots)||$24000|
|Total Mid Lots (high estimate between $10000 and $50000)||26|
|Total Mid Estimate||$643000|
|Total High Lots (high estimate above $50000)||23|
|Total High Estimate||$6275000|
The top photographic lot by High estimate is lot 55, Andreas Gursky, Pyongyang IV, 2007, estimated at $1200000-1800000 (image above, via Sotheby’s).
Here’s the complete list of photographers with two or more photography lots in the sales, along with the number of lots on offer:
|Multiple Lots For Sale|
Other lots of interest include (images above, via Sotheby’s):
Lot 262, David Hockney, Ponder Hall (‘Thrushcross Grange’), Howarth, Yorkshire, 1983, estimated at $40000-60000
Lot 488, Cindy Sherman, Untitled #195, 1989, estimated at $100000-150000
Lot 536, Wolfgang Tillmans, Mental Picture #18, 2000, estimated at $10000-15000